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EEA-R - Procedures for the Transportation of Students

Book: E

Section: Support Services

Title: Procedures for the Transportation of Students

Code: EEA-R

Status: Active

Adopted: February 6, 1984

Last Revised: June 13, 2017




Portland Public Schools students are eligible for bus transportation based primarily upon the distances a student must travel from home to school, safety considerations, and grade level as established by the School Committee in EEA.  The Director of Transportation is responsible for determining the accuracy of travel distances, and his/her determination shall be final.  Safety considerations generally include whether a student must travel to school along a high traffic corridor or through a busy intersection.  Exceptions to the eligibility requirements below may be made by a student’s IEP Team or 504 Team, or at the sole discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee based on the particular circumstances of a student or group of students


            Elementary School Students

  • Kindergarten students traveling more than one-half mile from home to school (All kindergarten students must be accompanied at the morning and afternoon bus stop by a parent/guardian or a responsible designee whose name has been provided in advance to transportation services, and whose identification is provided by the designee to the bus driver).


Grades 1 – 5   Students traveling more than one mile from home to school;

  • East End Community School students living southwest of Washington Avenue and southeast of Cumberland Avenue;
  • School students living on Allen Avenue Extension, on the southeast and southwest sides of LysethAllen Avenue, or on Pennell Avenue, Short Street, Cypress Street, Fisher Street, Hennessey Street, or Brewster Street;
  • Ocean Avenue School students living southwest of Forest Avenue;
  • Presumpscot School students living northwest of Ocean Avenue or on the southwest side of Washington Avenue from Tukey’s Bridge to Ocean Avenue;
  • Reiche School students in Grades K-3 from the Parkside neighborhood bounded on the north by Park Avenue, on the south by Congress Street, on the east by High Street, and on the west by St. John Street;
  • “School of Choice” students to the East end Community School;
  • “Many Rivers” students to the Hall School.


            Middle School Students


All students traveling more than two miles from home to school

  • King Middle School students arriving on the mainland from the Casco Bay Lines ferry or living east of the Franklin Arterial in the King Middle School district
  • Lincoln Middle School students living along the entire Forest Avenue corridor from Morrill’s Corner to the Westbrook line or in Sagamore Village


            High School Students


All students traveling more than two miles from home to any high school

  • Portland Arts and Technology High School students traveling to or from Deering High School or Portland High School


Transportation for Child Care


Elementary School students who are eligible for school bus transportation under the above provisions may receive transportation to and from a childcare center only under the following circumstances:


  • A seat is available on the bus to accommodate an additional student;
  • The bus route’s time schedule is not significantly disrupted;
  • A parent’s permission slip is on file.
  • The child care center meets the distance requirement and is on a regularly scheduled route (at the discretion of the Director of Transportation, a regular route may be modified depending upon matters of safety, distance, accessibility, numbers of students and their ages)
  • Transportation to or from a child care center outside of a student’s neighborhood school district will not be provided



Created:                     February 6, 1984

Revised:                     May 29, 1991; April 15, 1992; June 30, 1998; September 19, 2007;

January, 2011; June 13, 2017




EEA -R - Procedures for the Transportation of Students.pdf (23 KB)